Who Is Genesis Clubbers Membership For?
Genesis Clubbers is for busy business people who want to build their own websites and gain a level of control over those websites without having to outsource the smallest change.
Do I Have To Use Genesis?
Yes. We only use WordPress and the Genesis Framework when we build our own sites. We will show you how to do that.
For example the site you are reading now is built using Genesis and very few plugins. It is a membership site and is structured specifically to make sure it functions well as a membership site and as a sales sites.
We only use WordPress and the Genesis Framework as we believe that despite what is written elsewhere, Genesis is the best theme framework out there for beginners and developers alike.
If you want to use another theme framework, the Genesis Club will not be a good fit for you.
How Long Has The Genesis Club Been Running?
It started in 2012 and since then we have helped scores of solopreneurs with their Genesis based websites.
How Much Does It Cost?
Please view our sales page for current pricing.
The price is payable monthly and represents ourstanding value for money given that our normal hourly rate starts at $100 per hour.
Is The Genesis Club Right For Me?
The people we can help the most are bloggers, affiliates, product or service marketers, information sites and those wanting to branch out from an existing offer to add simple web design projects to their offer.
We will do our best to help with all aspects of Genesis and WordPress site building routinely met when building a blog, information, business or affiliate website site.
How Does It Work?
Genesis Clubbers is a subscription service. You pay the monthly fee and for this you get access to the Genesis Clubbers membership site and all that it includes.
As you work on your site you book a meeting with us and we suggest your next steps. We’ll show you how to do anything that is required or tell you where to go to find out.
You go off and do each step discussed and then when you’re finished, come back to us for assistance with the next steps. And so on.
In this way we try to prevent you making any mistakes so that you make real progress and experience no stress while building your site.
What Do I Need To Make The Best Use Of The Genesis Club?
We include all the help you need, good advice as well as access to our Step by Step Blueprints program and a copy of our Genesis Club Pro plugin in your membership. However you do need some other items that are external to the Genesis Club.
Genesis Framework and Child Theme(s)
You will need the Genesis Framework and a Genesis child theme. Most people who work with Genesis buy all the themes in one package as this represents the best value.
It also means you can change your mind about which theme to use and get all new themes going forward. This removes the stress of “but which theme should I use?”
When you have them all, you do not stress about making the wrong choice nor agonise over which it is to be.
We use the Genesis Extender plugin extensively to achieve all sorts of things on your site. Don’t worry about using it – we will show you exactly what to do. Step by step.
A Good Host
We currently recommend WP Engine. Using that link will also afford you good discount especially if you pay for a year of hosting up front.
If you want to know more about why I am hosting there myself and why I recommend it, you can read more about why I think it is the best WordPress hosting.
It is best to use Photoshop rather than another product for manipulating images. You can get Photoshop CC for a low monthly price.
If you do not know how to use it, don’t worry as we will provide tutorials specifically for the types of image processing you typically need to do when creating a WordPress site.
If you really prefer not to do this yourself, you can outsource the graphic work to us or to another third party. However getting your own subscription to Photoshop is the way to go for most people.
What Do I Get As A Genesis Clubbers Member?
- Free access to our paid membership site, Genesis Blueprints. Genesis Blueprints is a separate membership to Genesis Clubbers.
- A free multi-site license to the Genesis Club Pro plugin
- Unlimited access on designated meeting days to one-on-one meetings that last a maximum of 60 mins each. This is subject to a fair use policy.
- On your request at the start of any one-on-one your meeting can be recorded and uploaded to your private dashboard area in the membership site.
- Guidance as to what to do next on your project
- Ability to ask quick questions in the Genesis Clubbers Facebook group.
Is There A Free Trial?
There isn’t a free trial. But we do offer a free 30 minute call for you to ask questions about the membership and decide if the club will suit your needs.
If you’d like to meet for your free call – we call it a Virtual Coffee – you can do so here.
Should I Buy Your Recommended Hosting?
The hosting you use is entirely up to you. We recommend WP Engine, and have moved our sites to WP Engine.
As a non-technical solopreneur, hosting has never been easy to manage. In recent years, it has become even less so. It’s no longer possible (if it ever was) to casually throw a website together and see great things from it.
If you’re serious about your website because it impacts your business or your business idea, then good quality hosting will help you reach your goals faster.
WP Engine have a secure platform where your site is likely to be safe. If the worst does happen, they will fix any hacks for you. And importantly, your site will be fast – especially if you also do as we advise when you build it.
If you buy a whole year of WP Engine hosting you will automatically get 2 months off. Further, if you use our link you will get an additional 2 months off that price. This will significantly lower the price of hosting there.
Which Topics Are Covered In The Genesis Club?
We cover Genesis site-building. If we can help with other questions, we will as far as our experience allows.
Will You Repeatedly Help Me Fix The Same Problem?
No – it is up to you to request that we record your session at the beginning of eash sesssion. You can then use that recording if you need help with the same item again.
Is Your WordPress/Genesis Help Available At The Right Level For Me?
We can cover most levels of WordPress and Genesis question. However our core market is dealing with those who want to use standard Genesis themes to build great websites quickly. This means you will become familiar with HTML and CSS. If you are already able to build Genesis sites to a professional level, then you do not need our help.
What Are The Goals Of The Genesis Club
- Show that using only the standard Genesis themes available at StudioPress you can build almost any site you want.
- Show that you do not need scores of plugins to build a site.
- Show that you do not need drag and drop editors to create an excellent site
- Show that you can make CSS changes to your site to change colours and other small design tweaks, without using any special tools
- Show you the small core set of plugins you need to build almost any general purpose site. (Obviously for specialist sites you will need specialist plugins)
- Encourage you to make your sites lightweight and forget about eye-candy
- Teach you to “fish” so you can build a site un-aided (or with very little help) and with confidence.
- Show you the nuts and bolts of on-page SEO so that you can start to attract relevant traffic to your site.
How Do I Make A Booking For A One On One?
You make each booking via the appointment request system on the member dashboard. Once we see the request if there isn’t a clash with another booking or another commitment, we will approve it.
You will know it is approved as it will appear on the Genesis Club Google calendar against your name at the time you requested. We will also notify you via the Facebook Group, that your meeting is booked.
You must be a member of our Facebook Group to receive the notification.
When Can The One On One Meetings Be Booked?
The available hours are all in the evening (UK time).
We are available for a few hours at least 3 evenings per week unless we are on vacation or there is some prior commitment.
How Are The Meetings Held?
The one on one meetings are held via GotoMeeting. You will need to have working headphones and have set up your headphones within GotoMeeting.
Are The Meetings Recorded?
Please be sure to ask for us to start the recording as soon as the meeting starts.
If you ask, we will record the meeting and upload it to your member dashboard.
Once it is there you can refer to the recording at any time.
Do You Offer A Refund?
You can cancel your monthly subscription at any time, but there is no refund available as you will have received access to all our material and Pro plugin as part of your membership.
If you wish to cancel, it is up to you to time your cancellation to coincide with the end of your paid up period as cancellation will be immediate.
Can I Join For A Couple of Months And Then Leave?
The Genesis Club isn’t set up to cater for short-term members. It’s not viable for us to offer the club at a reasonable price, have members use a lots of one-on-one time and then leave. Most members stay for at least 18 months and some have been in it for several years. Usually members join with a view to staying for some time.
The way it tends to work is that members may need a lot of help one month and then maybe nothing for a few weeks. Then they are back later with a flurry of more activity. So overall the costs average out. If everyone used the one on one sessions and the Facebook group heavily and then left, the price would be closer to $599 per month.
We try to run the club rules informally and ask members to use their discretion according to the Fair Use Policy.
If you need short-term assistance, then we are available at our normal consultancy rates of $100 – $180 per hour. Please use the contact form to enquire.
What Happens If I Leave?
Should you leave Genesis Clubbers by ceasing your subscription, access to the membership site and associated services will end immediately.
If you prefer to keep your membership until the end of the period for which you’ve paid, please cancel close to that time.